exchange programme

Luiss Business School International Office promotes graduate student exchanges through bilateral exchange agreements. We provide information and assistance to Luiss Business School students willing to spend a period abroad with one of our partner universities. Moreover, we are very glad to welcome the incoming students in Rome and assist them during their exchange period.

Luiss exchange agreements are based on reciprocity; our students are waived from tuition fees at the hosting institution and vice versa. Nevertheless, students have to pay for their costs of travel, living and immigration documents and extra fees required by some partners.


Domestic students willing to make an experience abroad can find more information in the section Outgoing students.


International students enrolled in graduate programmes of LUISS Business School partner universities willing to attend LUISS Business School classes can find more information in the section Incoming students.

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Luiss Business School’s students can act as Buddies for the incoming exchange students. Participation in the Buddy Programme is voluntary, candidates may write to:
Buddies help the exchange students to settle in to our student life:

  • “life-at” question by e-mail
  • introduction the student to the class and the student activities when in Rome.


The Luiss Business School offers its best and most motivated students the opportunity to complete the programme in a qualified International Business School through its Exchange Programme. Students will spend a period abroad (length of the period varies according to the school and programme which the student is selected for) but remain enrolled at the Luiss Business School.
Language of instruction at partner school is English, unless differently indicated by the International office on the presentation.
The list of partners can be found on the dedicated section. Students may not, unless instructed to do so by the International Office, contact partner schools directly.

Exchange Partners

Application Process
The application process will be open after the presentation of the exchange opportunities in your class.
For students enrolled in master programmes, the presentation of the exchange opportunities is held in September – October for Spring departures, in February for Summer and Fall departures; while the presentation of the exchange programme for MBA classes are held in October. Students will be able to check the exact date of the presentation on the Moodle calendar.
Students enrolled in Master of Arts, Master in Food and Wine Business, Master in Fashion & Luxury Management – Major in Luxury, Master in Big Data and Management and MBA part-time have specific partner schools for the exchange programme. More information could be found in the section Experience abroad available on the aforementioned master pages.
Students should remember that there is a limited number of places available at each school, hence each place is assigned to a competitive procedure. Our international office is working on a new partnership development in order to increase a number of places available.
For competing applications, hosting institutions will be assigned on the basis of a merit list.

Selection criteria

  • English language knowledge (minimum level required is B2)*;
  • Knowledge of the second foreign language;
  • Previous degree grade;
  • Years of working experience (only MBA students);
  • Current grades (if applicable);
  • Motivation.

*The result of the English Assessment Test taken at Luiss Business School during the admission process.

Specific criteria of the schools, such as English knowledge certificates or minimum working experience are paramount and mandatory.

Merit list
Hosting institution will be assigned on the basis of a merit list and then on the preference order expressed by candidate students (i.e. the first student on the merit list will get his first choice, following students on the merit list will get their first choices, unless spots available for those particular choices have already been assigned to previous students in the merit list, if so, they will be assigned to hosting institution in their preference list that have not yet been assigned to  other students).
Students that have not been assigned to any hosting Institution will be placed on a reserve list, in order of merit list. The vacant slots (those who have not been assigned and those that have been made available by withdrawing students) will be offered to the students in the reserve list. The reserve list is not subject to preferences expressed in the application.

Selection process
Selection process consists of the following steps:

  • Presentation of exchange opportunities in class by International Officer;
  • Expression of interest (only MBA part-time);
  • Formal application on web self-service;
  • Motivation interview (for competing applications);
  • Publication of a merit list with the assigned destinations;
  • Destination acceptance or refusal by student;
  • Nomination of the selected students to partner universities.

The hosting institution can refuse a candidature without the need of a formal explanation.

Accommodation abroad
Partner schools assist students in accommodation seeking, offering rooms in the school’s campuses or providing them with private room solutions.

Assistance abroad
Partner institution coordinator will be assigned to each student; thus, all students will have a point of reference at a partner university.  However, students can always contact LUISS Business School International Officer for any issues related to their study abroad programme.

Luiss Business School is glad to welcome the exchange students from its partner universities!

Who can participate
Only students from Luiss Business School’s Exchange Partners can participate in the programme. The incoming students are nominated by their home university coordinator, according to the home university selection regulation.
In the Exchange Partners section, you can check if your home institution is taking part in the exchange programme.

General conditions
In order to participate in the graduate exchange program, you should hold a bachelor’s degree and be enrolled in a graduate programme at your home institution (Master programme or MBA programme).
The incoming students may attend Luiss Business School on a no tuition fee, non-degree basis. Participating students will continue as candidates for degrees of their home Institution and will not be candidates for degrees of the LUISS Business School. Only those exchange students who will successfully complete courses at the LUISS Business School will obtain credits at the home university in accordance with the regulations of the home university.
If you are interested to take part to this programme, please refer to the international office at your home university.

Nomination procedure
All exchange students must be nominated by their home university. A home coordinator should fill out the following form.

Nomination deadlines

  • Fall semester: May 15
  • Spring semester: October 31
  • MBA Summer Term : February, 15

Application procedures
After being nominated by the home university, exchange students will receive an email with all the necessary information.
Before filling up the application form, which will be sent by email, we suggest you consult your home coordinator on a master programme choice, to be sure that the exams taken at Luiss Business School will be recognized by your home institution upon your return.
As soon as application forms are processed, the International Office will send the acceptance confirmation.
Hard copies of the acceptance letters will be sent only to students who must apply for a visa.

Application deadlines

  • Fall semester: June 15
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • MBA Summer Term: February 28

Academic Calendar

  • Term 1: end of October –December;
  • Term 2: January – March;
  • Term 3: April – May;
  • Term 4: June – July.

One-year Master programmes:

  • Semester 1: end of September – December 23/January *
  • Semester 2: January – April/May.

*Some master programmes may have exams in January. In case, semester II at home university starts in early January it will be possible to take remote exams

Academic year 2020-21
MBA full-time calendar

Term I: October 19 – December 18, 2020/ January 2021**
Term II: January 11 – March 18, 2021
Term III: March 19 –  May 31, 2021
Term IV: June 7 -July 23, 2021

** Exams are included in the dates. Some exams will take place in January. In case, semester II at home university starts in early January it will be possible to take remote exams.

Check the MBA calendar here.

Language requirements
In order to participate in the exchange programme at Luiss Business School, incoming students should have a minimum of B2 level of English language. The level can be certified by Home university.

Course choice
The Luiss Business School offers different one-year master programmes and two MBA programmes fully taught in English. Students who have working knowledge of Italian will be able to attend Italian-taught master programmes.

Master programmes taught in English and open to exchange students:

Nominated students can consult a full course list with his/her home coordinator. Incoming students should take a minimum of 3 courses.

Grading system
Individual courses are graded on a scale of 18/30. Exceptional students may be awarded 30 cum laude (30 with honors). The minimum passing grade is 18/30. Grades below 18 are considered to be failing grades and are not registered.

Click here to download the guide that illustrate the Italian grading system with reference to US and UK systems.

Italian language course
LUISS University offers to all its international students a free Italian Language Course, organized by the Luiss Language Center, as a useful tool to learn some basics in Italian, or, for those who already have some knowledge, to improve and to reach a higher level.
The course will take place on Saturday mornings (in order to avoid overlapping with all the different timetables) on Viale Romania Campus (address: Viale Romania, 32, 00197 Roma).
A level test is usually scheduled for mid-September/mid-January, in order to split students into groups, based on their level.
The course usually starts in late September/ February and students will receive more detailed information regarding timetables before the beginning of the course. Please be informed that the course needs to be selected by a minimum number of students in order to start – whether the minimum number is not achieved, students will be offered the chance to attend another Italian Language course, scheduled at a different timetable.

Luiss Business School Campus
Luiss Business School Campus is located in Villa Blanc (address: Via Nomentana, 216 – Rome) Villa Blanc is the result of an important restructuring process conducted by Luiss University with the aim to restore its original beauty.
The architectural jewel of the 19th century was built according to the wishes of Baron Alberto Blanc, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Crispi’s Cabinet.  The campus will ensure students a unique learning experience thanks to the digital technologies offered combined with the prestigious historical setting.
The location is formed by a main villa and six smaller villas situated in a vast park.

Download the Fact Sheet for Incoming Students!